Imagine all the joys of parenting with someone else, without necessarily being in a relationship with them.
In one the videos from a recent segment of "The Doctors," people are trying methods of parenting that don't involve romantic relationships.
On the episode, Dr. Travis Lane Stork asks a woman named Lauren in the audience who uses a dating site called Modamily: a site for singles who want to have children.
"The fundamental concept behind Modamily is that we provide a network where members can meet other like-minded people who dream of becoming a parent. There are many ways to become a co-parent, and what Modamily does is help our members find someone that wants to raise a child in a similar fashion as they do. Modamily simply matches up the parents based on their desires and they decide how best to proceed from there," the site notes.
For Lauren, it's not about finding love (even though intimacy is an option down the road), but finding like-minded people who want to raise kids.
And although she already co-parents her daughter with a friend, she wants to have another child, but her boyfriend doesn't want more children.
She says society focuses a lot of romance and weddings, but for her daughter, having a father in her life (who just happens to be Lauren's friend) helps her thrive.
“She's surrounded by love and she's thriving – thriving more than a lot of her friends,” she said.